Cragganmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky was launched in 1869 when the Cragganmore Distillery was founded in 1869 by John Smith, who is said to have been the most experienced distiller of his day was established.
The Cragganmore 12 year old, Distillers' Edition has a gold appearance with sweet floral fragrances, riverside herbs and flowers with some honey and vanilla with a firm body and malty taste, a long malt- driven finish with delicate aromas and light smoke. Cragganmore Single Malt Scotch Whisky is known as 'the most complex aroma of any malt - astonishingly fresh and delicate’.
Cragganmore was the first distillery to be deliberately sited to take advantage of the railway line and a private siding was built to accommodate distillery traffic. John Smith was a great railway enthusiast, but since he weighed 22 stones (140kg) and was too wide to enter a railway carriage, he was obliged to travel in the Guard’s van.
He died in 1886 leaving the business to his son Gordon, who largely rebuilt the distillery in 1901. So it exists in the form we know today, though in keeping with tradition, the two pairs of flat-top stills (designed by John Smith himself), have been preserved throughout. Despite further changes of ownership and two world wars, Cragganmore has continued to produce a complex, highly prized single malt whisky, which in 1925 was rated by blenders the leading malt for blending in all Speyside.